Hello, we're back. NYCC was just fantastic, New York is beautiful and bountiful, and it turns out I might be some kind of genius. No, really.
Alright, hyperbole aside - the whole damn this was amazing. I didn't get to see much of the con other than our table (a fairly common situation, as I discovered. It was *staggeringly* busy. Also, our table did so well, it was hard to get away). But I did get to meet some fantastically cool people. I met:
Rachelle Rosenberg (adorable), Eric Wight (hero), Richard Starkings (I'm not worthy), Dean Haspiel (swoon), Joe Infurnari (genius), Adam McGovern (the Kirby King), Kevin Church (?), Benjamin Birdie (tired but happy) ,Josh Williamson (borrowed my sharpie) and Vinnie Navarette (gave me Dear Dracula), Nathan Edmondson (awesome), Jonah Weiland (boundless source of energy), PJ Holden (wired), the Image boys (including a phenomenally unwell Eric Stephenson) and a ton of talented, enthusiastic artists and writers. And, of course, Mr Rob Liefeld. Liefeld came bounding over to us at the end of the second day to tell us he loves the book and is gonna do a variant cover for us. I was so astonished by this development I MIGHT have said the following "buh... wuh... nuh?" Or words to that effect.
The Missus took a ton of photos, and we'll be putting those up on that Flickr soon enough. But in the meantime...
Glen Brunswick and I, preparing to set off for day one of the con. Americans always know how to look good in a photo. Pasty, overweight Brits - not so much.
Rachelle and I hit it off pretty much straight away - in that we immediately starting teasing the fuck out of each other. This is me drawing her a pic of the Human Torch - my first con sketch!
A couple of Jersey guys getting a sneak peek at issue two. We had a LOT of New Jersey interest, way more than I had imagined. And a lot of media attention too - including coverage in three Jersey papers and on two TV channels. Glen has the relevant links HERE and HERE.
Adam McGovern and me. Due to tiredness/head cold I was entirely unable to raise a genuine smile the whole weekend. Bah. But Adam was great fun, and we had a good long chat about Fred Van Lente, Hercules and any damn thing. Cool.
Rob Liefeld. He was sitting not three feet away from our table. My girlfriend became strangely fascinated by him. He has that effect on people.
A sketch of Helius. He looks pretty cool! I like doing sketches and giving them away - it gives them a nice, transient quality which appeals to me.
Barock. I drew variations on this pose quite a lot over the weekend.
This is Yves. He was seriously, and with no bullshit, the best artist I saw all weekend. I think he was trying to shop a few things around and wasn't having the easiest time of it. Any sensible publisher would snap him up for an exclusive contract tout suite. Such a nice guy as well.
Some of his work. Kind of a nifty Eisner/Robbins vibe. Beautiful.
Jon Benfield here came up with a neat idea for a sketch. I'm not sure I understood it *exactly*, but as far as I can tell, they have this place in NJ where if you eat four of their ludicrously enormous/calorific sandwiches, they name the sandwich after you. So here, Mr Benfield is holding up "THE FAT BAROCK". I also have a great pic of Glen staring at this sketch with unalloyed envy in his eyes. Tee hee!
Also shown - Eric Wight!
Tomorrow - day two!